Keep Your Kids Safe In The Car And As A Pedestrian
Our roads are dangerous.
Governments and local councils look at implementing new guidelines often to keep everyone safe and with some new specific guidelines, it may change how we drive and how we keep our kids safe. So what are the common ways that we can keep our kids safe while driving?
Inside The Car
In the car, you may not think there are too many hazards but there can be if you don’t make the area free of anything kids can touch, throw, etc. Some people like to entertain their kids with tablets when they are driving but if the child drops the tablet and screams, are you likely to turn around and try and pick it up? Here are some simple rules to help you get by:
- Buckle up always.
- Have children know you are driving and not to interrupt or cause any unrest.
- Secure gear and remove hazards.
- Make sure children use the proper car seat and that it’s installed correctly.
- Don’t text and drive, ever. Stop and pull over if you need to communicate quickly.
- Never leave children alone in or around cars, they must always be attended to.
- Activate the child safety locks.
- Lock the power windows.
Children can get easily bored inside the car but you must always keep them sensibly entertained. Listening to music, chatting to them, and encouraging them to look out of the window are great options. As a driver, it’s vital to start driving safely. Practice safe driving always and never bend the rules, even if you’re late to school. Teachers will understand.
Outside The Car
As pedestrians, kids can become prone to running off and when there are dangers around, you need to ensure you keep them safe. Keeping kids healthy is good, letting them run around and get some fresh air is great but they should be next to you at all times on busy streets. Kids will have a tendency to run off, maybe into the road, which could be catastrophic. So be sure that they are aware of the dangers and keep them close by at all times. Awareness is paramount.
- Teach kids to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street and while they cross.
- Teach kids to put phones, headphones, and devices down when crossing the street, and be aware.
- It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Although your child may develop much quicker than other kids you still need to be vigilant.
- Be a good role model and implement these rules yourself so that your child can see what you’re doing.
Keeping kids safe is difficult but awareness and vigilance is so important and could save their life. Tell them often the importance of road safety and tell them to encourage it with their friends too. It has a domino effect and putting power into their hands will make them feel more capable.